To Live and Die in L.A.

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To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

To Live and Die in L.A. is a film that chronicles a tenacious U.S. Secret Service Special Agent's investigation and pursuit of the ruthless counterfeiter who murdered the Agent's partner. The movie is based on the 1984 novel of the same name by former U.S. Secret Service agent Gerald Petievich (The Sentinel, Boiling Point) who co-wrote the screenplay with director William Friedkin.


The following weapons were used in the film To Live and Die in L.A.:


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Handguns

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose

US Secret Service Agent Richard Chance (William Petersen) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose throughout the film. Agent John Vukovich (John Pankow) uses Chance's gun in a confrontation with Rick Masters (Willem Dafoe). The USSS issued this revolver before switching to SIG-Sauer pistols, and the revolver can be seen in real life footage of the Reagan assassination attempt, with several agents pulling Model 19's and Model 66's. Agent Jimmy Hart (Michael Greene) uses one when going to check out Masters' counterfeiting warehouse.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose - .357 Magnum
Agent Richard Chance (William Petersen) puts away his Smith & Wesson Model 19 when dealing with a terrorist attempting to kill the President.
Closeup of Chance's Smith & Wesson Model 19.
Chance holding his Smith & Wesson Model 19 while searching for Carl Cody (John Turturro).
Agent John Vukovich (John Pankow) searches for Masters armed with Chance's Smith & Wesson Model 19 in the climax.
Vukovich fires Chance's Smith & Wesson Model 19.

Smith & Wesson Model 15

Several USSS agents use Smith & Wesson Model 15 revolvers. An airport police officer holds one on Agent Chance (William Petersen) when he arrests Carl Cody (John Turturro). Rick Masters' (Willem Dafoe) bodyguard Jack (Jack Hoar) uses a Model 15 when Jeff Rice (Steve James) and his thugs attack Masters. Chance uses a Model 15 when he and Vukovich (John Pankow) rob the undercover FBI agent. Carl Cody also uses one when Chance breaks into his girlfriend's apartment looking for him.

Smith & Wesson Model 15 - .38 Special
An airport police officer pulls his Smith & Wesson Model 15 on Chance, while Vukovich has his Colt Detective Special on the officer.
Jack aims his Smith & Wesson Model 15 at Jeff Rice (Steve James) and his thugs.
Chance aims his Smith & Wesson Model 15 at the undercover FBI agent.
Vukovich aiming Chance's Smith & Wesson Model 15.
Vukovich fires Chance's Smith & Wesson Model 15 at FBI agents.
When Chance (left) breaks into his apartment, Carl Cody (right) draws his Smith & Wesson Model 15 when he suspects something is wrong.

Colt Detective Special

USSS Agent John Vukovich (John Pankow) uses a 1st Gen Colt Detective Special throughout the film (although it is sometimes difficult to see).

Colt Detective Special - .38 Special
Agent John Vukovich (John Pankow) aims his Colt Detective Special at an Airport Police officer.
Vukovich holds his Colt Detective Special on a suspect.

Heckler & Koch P9S

Rick Masters (Willem Dafoe) uses a suppressed Heckler & Koch P9S throughout the film.

Heckler & Koch P9S with suppressor - 9x19mm
Masters with his Heckler & Koch P9S drawn as he looks through Waxman's safe.
Masters shoots Waxman with his Heckler & Koch P9S.
Waxman looks down the barrel of Masters' Heckler & Koch P9S.
Closeup of Masters' Heckler & Koch P9S.

Colt Officer's ACP

An FBI agent pulls a Colt Officer's ACP with wood grips at Chance and Vukovich at one point in the car chase.

Colt Officer's ACP - .45 ACP
The undercover agent steps out of the car, drawing his handgun.
Another shot of the agents handgun.
An FBI Agent aims his handgun at Chance and Vukovich.

Shotguns

Mossberg 500 Cruiser

Jack (Jack Hoar), the bodyguard of Masters (Willem Dafoe), uses a Mossberg 500 Cruiser throughout the film. He uses it when confronting Agent Jimmy Hart (Michael Greene) at the beginning of the film. Jack Hoar was a retired and highly decorated 29-year veteran of the LAPD.

Mossberg 500 "Cruiser" - 12 gauge
Jack (Jack Hoar), the bodyguard of Masters (Willem Dafoe), uses a Mossberg 500 Cruiser throughout the film.
Closeup of the Jack's Mossberg 500 Cruiser after he shoots Agent Hart.
Jack aims his Mossberg 500 Cruiser at Agent Vukovich (John Pankow).

Ithaca 37

Several USSS agents carry Ithaca 37 shotguns, notably when agents raid Rick Masters' counterfeiting warehouse.

Ithaca 37 Deer Slayer Police Special (note the rifle sights and riot-length barrel) - 12 gauge
A USSS agent (left) holding an Ithaca 37 when agents raid Rick Masters' (Willem Dafoe) counterfeiting warehouse. The agent with the bolt cutters is author (and still an active Secret Service agent at the time of filming) Gerald Petievich.
Several Ithaca 37s are seen in the locker next to Agent Vukovich as he puts away his shotgun.

Rifles

Colt M16/SP1

Several FBI agents carry Colt SP1 rifles when Chance (William Petersen) and Vukovich (John Pankow) rip off the undercover FBI agent.

M16 aka SP1 (flat "slab side receiver") with an A1 "birdcage" Flash hider, used to imitate the M16A1 - 5.56x45mm
An FBI agent aims his Colt SP1 at Chance and Vukovich. Note the lack of forward assist.
While he looks away, the FBI agent keeps his finger on the trigger of his Colt SP1, with tragic consequences.
The FBI agent reloads his Colt SP1.

Submachine Guns

MAC-10

An FBI agent uses a MAC-10 when they pursue Chance and Vukovich.

Ingram MAC-10 open bolt submachine gun - 9x19mm
An FBI Agent aims his MAC-10 at Chance and Vukovich.

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